Sudbury letter: Why did we pay dirty cop $1 million?

Re: "Toronto cop drew full pay for 11 years while suspended," June 5.

Reading this story can only make your blood boil. For years I have read similar stories of police officers being rewarded with paid vacations for committing criminal acts and it has always amazed me how the people of this country haven"t lobbied the government to change this beyond stupid and archaic law.

OK, I get it, what if he is innocent? But even after being found guilty in court, they do not have to reimburse the money they were paid. Isn"t that the craziest thing you have ever heard?

I read this criminal police offer earned more than $100,000 in 2017 alone. That is just one year and he has been on vacation with pay for more than 11 years. Do the math and we paid this criminal more than $1 million of our hard earned tax dollars.

This man only worked eight years before he was caught and we rewarded him with 11 years of paid vacation for being a dirty cop. This not a cop who took a bribe or was involved in a petty crime, this is a cop who was involved in major crimes.

He protected his friends who were part of the criminal underworld, taught traffickers how to avoid police detection and helped cover up two violent kidnappings by gang members.

He was also on duty when he was told of an ongoing kidnapping, sexual assault and torture of two other people and did not report it, preventing police intervening in the attacks. Two victims were beaten and one of them raped, the hearing found.

Oh, wait, because it gets worse: he has appealed and now we have to keep paying him until his next court date. Are you kidding me?

It is time for the people of this country to wake up and put a stop to this insanity. It is time to start looking at changing laws like this that are completely ridiculous, of which we have many, but don"t get me started ...

I am fed up with the stupidity

Marc Plante



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